We dropped two points against newly promoted side Middlesbrough, where our players were looking jaded, like there was nothing at stake and we have Petr Cech to thank for not conceding.
Former Premier League referee Howard Webb has stated that Arsenal were one of the most easiest clubs to referee as the players were always bullied on the pitch.
The 45-year-old has been reflecting on his time taking charge of some of the biggest names and games in world football, recently admitting that he Chickened our sending off Cristiano Ronaldo in a Manchester derby.
Webb was talking about the easiest set of team to referee, and Arsenal were top of his mentioned because of the player’s mental fragility as compared to their opponents.
The Gunners have a reputation for being something of a soft touch under Arsene Wenger, and Webb’s take on their mentality has backed up that consensus.
‘Arsenal became easier to referee over time,’ he told BBC 5 Live.
‘When I first started they were quite a daunting team to referee, they would get into your head. They got easier and you got the sense that other teams bullied them on the pitch a little bit.
”And then they’d react in a really obvious, a really naive way. I thought they were too naive as a team.’
This is sad but true – even Oliver Giroud that looks our biggest players tend to be bullied by opposing opponents.
However, if we can grind out win with the mental fragility, it would be good for us.